12.12.16 / Anjali Hemphill
ROCKVILLE, Md. - Middle and high school students in Montgomery County may be in for a change when it comes to sex education. A new proposal would add a tool called "affirmative consent" to the curriculum and would teach students more about consent instead of conflict.
We have heard the phrase “no means no” when it comes to sexual assault. But now, Montgomery County Public Schools are one of the first school systems in the country to consider this change when it comes to teaching students about sex education.
Maryland Del. Ariana Kelly (D-Montgomery) recently spoke to other local lawmakers about a bill that would teach Montgomery County seventh and tenth grade students in the classroom more about saying "yes" when it comes to sex.
“Right now in the tenth grade, sex ed curriculum in Montgomery County, we do discuss consent and we teach largely girls, but also boys strategies for how to get out of bad situation,” said Kelly. “If someone is pressuring them to engage in something they are not comfortable with – how to avoid it, how to minimize it. But what we don't teach is that people should not be pressuring other people to engage in sexual activity and [how] that’s illegal and potentially could really damage their lives later on down the road.”